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Another Candle on the Birthday Cake

Guitarist, singer, songwriter and Pink Floyd frontman David Gilmour is 73 on the 6th of March.


Young David bought his first record in 1954, Rock Around The Clock by Bill Haley & The Comets.

This prompted an interest in the guitar and he borrowed one from a neighbour and taught himself to play.

At high school he met future Pink Floyd bandmates Syd Barrett and Roger Waters.

Dave formed his first band in 1962 called Jokers Wild with Rick Wills, who would later join Foreigner.

In December '67, Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason approached Dave and asked him to join the band as lead singer Barrett's behaviour had become erratic.

Initially Gilmour was the fifth member but when Barrett left (or was sacked), he took over as singer and the band recorded his songs.

All of the band's seven album had reached the top 10 in the UK but things changed in '73 with the megasuccessful Dark Side Of The Moon.

It became one of the biggest selling albums of all time and it has had sales of over 45 million.

Other hit albums the band released included The Wall, Wish You Were Here and Animals.

Roger Waters tried to break up Pink Floyd in '85 but Gilmour, Mason and keyboard player Rick Wright wanted to continue.

Dave Gilmour took control and in 1987 the trio released the great album A Momentary Lapse of Reason.

In the 90's the band released The Division Bell, which reached Number One around the world.

In 2005 the unimaginable happened when Roger Waters rejoined the band temporarily for a 23 minute set at Live 8.

Sadly Syd Barrett died in 2006 and Richard Wright in 2008.

In 2014 the band released their fifteenth album The Endless River.

Dave Gilmour has also released four studio albums and was inducted in the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame in 1996 with Pink Floyd.

Gilmour/Mason/Wright last performed live in 2007 and it appears unlikely we will see the remaining three members perform together again.